VISITORS TO THE Miller branch library in Ellicott City may notice an old radio, phonograph and computer in a display case by the front door. The exhibit is part of the library's program on 20th-century technology, said Pat Bates, adult program coordinator for Howard County Library.
The Miller branch library has been honored as one of 50 libraries nationwide chosen to present the six-part series, Bates said. The programs, to be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, will feature a documentary film followed by a discussion led by Louis Carlat, editor of the Thomas A. Edison papers at Rutgers University. Carlat received his doctorate in the history of science, technology and medicine at the Johns Hopkins University.
The reading and discussion series, called "Fast Forward: Science, Technology and the Communications Revolution," was organized by National Video Resources in partnership with the American Library Association. The programs are funded by the National Science Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
The first program in the series, scheduled for Jan. 22, will provide an overview of the invention of nylon, the Model-T, radio, the airplane and television, and will feature the film "Bigger, Better, Faster."
"All of those are just the first week," Bates said. "The second week is the telephone. The third week is movies. The fourth week is radio, the fifth week focuses more closely on television, and the sixth week is the Internet.
"Each week, we're going to see a documentary specifically designed for that particular subject, and then Doctor Carlat will conduct a discussion. People will talk about how the different inventions changed their lives and what the changes have been in the 20th century and how it affected us," Bates said. "I think it's going to be tremendous fun, particularly for the older ones and for the younger people listening to the older ones."
Miller is the first library in Maryland to be chosen to present the program, Bates said. "I think we have a very strong background in public programming, particularly in humanities-related public programming," she added.
Registration for the series will be limited to 40 people and begins today. Registration: Miller branch library, 410-313-1950.
Parents of Deep Run Elementary School children are invited to a Parents' Night workshop that will tackle topics such as anger management, discipline, communication and character education.
The program, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, is sponsored by the school and its PTA, in partnership with the Horizon Foundation, the Children of Separation and Divorce, the Helping Hands Enrichment Program, Single Parents and Adolescents at Risk Learn through Education (SPARKLE ), the Howard County Office of Substance Abuse Impact Services and the Coalition for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.
Representatives from each organization will speak for about 20 minutes each, followed by a question-and-answer session, said school counselor Ben Wade. A light meal will be offered, he said, and then the adults will head to the media center for the presentation.
Schoolchildren will stay behind for a workshop dealing with similar topics and organized by Wade; the school's social worker, Catherine Chapman; and two high school students who are interns with the Children of Separation and Divorce Center.
Child care will be provided for those who register in advance. Carolyn Wohnsigl, program coordinator for the Children of Separation and Divorce Center in Columbia, said similar programs will be held throughout the year at Howard County schools.
Parents were polled earlier in the school year to find out what topics interested them. The parents' concerns depend on the community and the age of the pupils, Wohnsigl said.
Information: Ben Wade, 410-313-5000.
Also at Deep Run Elementary School, children are participating in a Read-to-Feed program this month. Each participating pupil will collect pledges of nonperishable food items for each book read during the month.
The Howard High School Band and Pom Boosters is sponsoring a Pizza Hut Night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 15 to raise money for new uniforms.
Band and pom uniforms are not part of the school system budget.
Participating Pizza Huts are at 9170 Route 108, at Route 108 and Bendix Road, and at the Elkridge Pizza Hut.
Patrons can use a coupon -- available at the school's front office -- or ask the server to mark Howard High School Band Boosters on the bill.
The Boosters will collect 20 percent of the sale.
Information: band parent Karen Vaughan, 410-796-7036.